8 Days Irish Gold
On arrival in Dublin, pick up your car hire in Dublin Airport / City Center and transfer to your Hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Dublin.
DUBLIN - GALWAY
After breakfast at hotel, Leave Dublin and journey across the rolling pastures of Ireland's heartland to visit Clonmacnoise. See elaborate high crosses as well as many church ruins and round towers. Drive to Galway and check into the hotel. Later enjoy the main sights of the city, located within easy reach of lively streets with fun specialty stores, cafes and pubs. Overnight in Galway.
After breakfast at hotel, drive through the heart of Connemara, past granite hills and sparkling lakes on the way to Leenane to embark on a short cruise of Killary Harbour, a 9-mile fjord (Apr 8 - Oct 28 departures). Enjoy views of hills where traces of "lazy beds" of potato ridges from the 19th century and earlier can still be seen. Keep an eye out for seabirds as you pass mussel and salmon farms. Drive back to Galway. Overnight in Galway.
GALWAY - KILLARNEY
After breakfast at hotel, Travel south around Galway Bay to see the Cliffs of Moher, which rise almost 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic surf. Then drive through the outskirts of Limerick and stop in the picturesque village of Adare for photos. Drive to Killarney, a little town that is worldfamous due to its exquisite location beside lakes and mountains. On arrival, check into the hotel and later head out to view stunning scenery on a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through the grounds of the Killarney National Park. Overnight in Killarney.
After breakfast at hotel, Embark on Ireland's most popular scenic drive - the Ring of Kerry. This circular tour will reveal constantly-changing vistas of mountains, open Atlantic Ocean, beaches and cliffs. At the tip of the peninsula visit the Skellig Experience, which explains the history, flora and fauna on the nearby rocky islands. Return through the attractive village of Sneem and pause at Moll's Gap for panoramic views of Killarney. Overnight in Killarney.
KILLARNEY - WATERFORD
After breakfast at hotel, drive through the mountains of Kerry and West Cork into richer farming country on the way to Blarney. Climb to the ramparts of Blarney Castle to kiss the famous "Stone of Eloquence." You may do some shopping at the Blarney Woollen Mills before driving along the coast to Dungarvan. Stop at the Marine Bar for a creamy Irish coffee and an informal traditional music session. Continue to Waterford and check into your hotel. Later take a walk around the narrow streets and ancient buildings to learn about Waterford's long history. Overnight in Waterford.
WATERFORD - DUBLIN
After breakfast at hotel, tour the House of Waterford Crystal to watch glass blowing and cutting by master craftspeople and see a huge display of elegant tableware and magnificent trophies. Later drive to Dublin and check into your hotel. Evening visit on your own to Irish Pub for dinner and a lively show with traditional Irish music, story-telling and step-dancing. Overnight in Dublin.
After breakfast at hotel. Check-out and drive to Dublin Airport. Drop-off the car and get ready for taking your flight back home.